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April 19, 2015

Why Such Hate?

Filed under: Uncategorized — by gailc120 @ 8:05 am
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Whenever I see an article about an attack on a mosque it just sort of blows me away.

How do people get filled with that kind of hatred?

In my city, Cedar rapids, Iowa, we have the oldest standing mosque in North America. The Mother Mosque is a historical site more than a functioning place of worship. In our infamous flood of 2008, the mosque was badly damaged. But people from all over the community helped to clean up and restore it. There were volunteers from several Christian churches who got involved in this effort.

As for worshiping, we have the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids for that. This is a very welcoming place, no matter what faith you subscribe to. Again, members from across the community attend special events here. The center also houses a Montessori school for grades K-3 which is open to anyone, regardless of faith. When I was involved with Veterans For Peace, the Islamic Center graciously allowed us to host dinners and speakers there, free of charge.

So it astounds me when I hear of people who hate Muslims so much they would vandalize a mosque. I would feel the same way if it were any place of worship, really. But it seems Muslims are getting the brunt of this sort of crime.

I personally am an agnostic. I am a doubter of God. So, it matters not to me if you worship God or Allah or Vishnu.  I simply  do not care. I think religion is delusional but that is my opinion. I have no inclination to convert anyone to my way of thinking. So, why would I care to vandalize a mosque? Or church or synagogue, for that matter.

People who would do this must be very insecure in their own faith to feel so threatened by another. If your faith in your God is solid, why would the faith of another person bother you so much?

I think some folks are also just plain ignorant. They hate Muslims without even knowing one. To me, that is just twisted. These peopled need professional counseling of some sort, to get over themselves.

Just a few of my thoughts at 3 am.

September 29, 2012

I remember a pr…

Filed under: Uncategorized — by gailc120 @ 11:18 am
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I remember a preacher who was very passionate about sharing his faith.

One day in a sermon, he repeated the theme, “I have a burden”. It was a burden he chose, to do all he could to better the lives of others. It took him away from home quite often. It took time away from his own family. But it was a calling, one he took very seriously.

I feel that way about waging peace. I want to shout to the world, “What in God’s name are we doing? Why are we killing, instead of growing something good?”

Maybe it is in my blood, my roots.

I am an Iowa farm girl. We grow things here. We are about creating things, not destroying them. We are about planting seeds and hoping something good springs from them.

So, today my burden is to plant the seeds of peace, love and tolerance.

I may not live to see the harvest but I will know it started with me.

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